Maktoob

The Bridges of Constantine
“The doctor’s voice, in his fractured French, woke me again. ‘Paint!’ Again and again I saw his white-cloaked figure, parting from me and shaking my hand. ‘Paint!’ ”   That was the Doctor's advice to Khaled—a fighter who had lost his left arm in Algeria’s war of independence—for escaping from his...
Year of the Locust: A Soldierʼs Diary and the Erasure of Palestineʼs Ottoman Past
Ihsan Turjman, a young man with a high-school education, is conscripted into the Ottoman army as a clerk. Influenced by his esteemed teacher, Khalil Sakakini, he decides to keep a diary in which he writes about his loves and hates, the military regime’s conduct, the rumors spread in the city, and...
Time of White Horses
“Aziza took off running madly after the military vehicle, but the dust that had closed in on the world quickly concealed it from view. It was like a ghost, and no sooner would part of it become visible than it would disappear again. However, she was sure that as she stood behind the door she had...
Children of the Ghetto – My Name is Adam
21/03/2018 - 18:00 to 20:30
“It was after the visit to my restaurant of the Israeli director Haim Zilberman, after he gave me an invitation to the premier of his film Crossed Looks. That evening I saw how the story of my friend Dalia was ripped to shreds. Then I saw that the author of the novel Bab El-Shams was standing next...
Children of the Ghetto – My Name is Adam
“It was after the visit to my restaurant of the Israeli director Haim Zilberman, after he gave me an invitation to the premier of his film Crossed Looks. That evening I saw how the story of my friend Dalia was ripped to shreds. Then I saw that the author of the novel Bab El-Shams was standing next...
The Children Laugh
This is a charming short story for children about a tyrannical king and children who disobey him, by the renowned Syrian writer Zakaria Tamer. Born in Damascus in 1931, Tamer is known as one of the leading Syrian writers, and he is among the most important writers in Arabic of short stories and...
The Children Laugh
12/02/2018 - 19:30 to 21:00
The Children Laugh ألأولاد يضحكون By: Zakaria Tamer بقلم: زكريّا تامر   From Arabic: Alon Fragman Illustrations: Roni Fahima   In the Maktoob series, New World Press and the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, 2017 The event is intended for an adult audience. Curious and patient children are welcome.
Entanglements of Secrets
“Did the Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marques know when he wrote Chronicle of a Death Foretold that he was revealing the letter’s secret…?” Elias Khoury poses this question in Entanglements of Secrets, an elusive novel, some of whose characters also appear in the novel by Marquez. Who came first...
Walking on Winds
The three works by Salman Natour that are brought together here in a novel lead the reader through unfamiliar—sometimes hidden—paths of the country, the homeland, and memory. The three parts lay before us a map we never knew: spaces that coil within each other as if by magic, because of the...
Homage to the Oeuvre of Author and Playwright Salman Natour on the First Anniversary of His Death
15/02/2017 - 18:00 to 20:00
In Israel and abroad, between fiction and reality, in overt time and in hidden time, among Jewish spaces and Palestinian spaces, Natour and his alluring characters take us on a journey to Paris and Rome, to Nazareth and Jerusalem, to Bisan and Beit She’an. Hebrew translation: Yoni Mendel (Olam...

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